Former congressional candidate Amy McGrath, the Democratic retired Army helicopter pilot who raised over $7 million in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Rep. Andy Barr (R-Lexington), is considering entering next year’s Governor’s race but may face an obstacle even if she decides to move forward.
Kentucky law requires gubernatorial candidates to be residents of the state for the previous six years before running, and though Ms. McGrath has maintained an address there since 1995, she has not necessarily lived in Kentucky for the entire time, some of which was due to military service. But, when comparing similar past court rulings, maintaining an address in the state, voting, and paying state taxes during times of extended absence may not be enough to meet the state’s residency standards.
Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is seeking a second term. Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) and state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins (R-Sandy Hook) are already announced Democratic candidates. Ms. McGrath’s strong fundraising ability and her strong name ID as a result of her high profile but losing campaign makes her a viable potential statewide candidate, even against viable Democratic primary opposition.
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